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The Threat

How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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The instant number one New York Times best seller!  

This program is read by the author.  

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."  

In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI's agents and of the institution's integrity and independence in protecting America and upholding our Constitution.  

McCabe started as a street agent in the FBI's New York field office, serving under director Louis Freeh. He became an expert in two kinds of investigations that are critical to American national security: Russian organized crime - which is inextricably linked to the Russian state - and terrorism. Under Director Robert Mueller, McCabe led the investigations of major attacks on American soil, including the Boston Marathon bombing, a plot to bomb the New York subways, and several narrowly averted bombings of aircraft. And under James Comey, McCabe was deeply involved in the controversial investigations of the Benghazi attack, the Clinton Foundation's activities, and Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.  

The Threat recounts in compelling detail the time between Donald Trump's November 2016 election and McCabe's firing, set against a pause-resisting narrative spanning two decades when the FBI's mission shifted to a new goal: preventing terrorist attacks on Americans. But as McCabe shows, right now the greatest threat to the United States comes from within, as President Trump and his administration ignore the law, attack democratic institutions, degrade human rights, and undermine the US Constitution that protects every citizen.   

Important, revealing, and powerfully argued, The Threat tells the true story of what the FBI is, how it works, and why it will endure as an institution of integrity that protects America.

©2018 Andrew G. McCabe (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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"McCabe is a nuts-and-bolts narrator; he speaks in an earnest monotone, clear but unchanging. This works nicely in covering such things as the FBI's progression from the J. Edgar Hoover days of chasing bank robbers and suspected Communists to the more modern focus on organized crime and terrorism. Or, better still, when McCabe describes his role in tracking La Cosa Nostra, Russian mobsters and the Boston Marathon bombers. The stories he tells are strong enough to carry themselves." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Fascinating stuff.

I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did, McCabe is an excellent writer, a skill I suspect he honed writing thousands of reports during his time in the FBI.

The book covers his whole career, not just the Trump era and I really enjoyed reading about the way the FBI worked, particularly McCabe’s work on the 9/11 investigation and the Boston Marathon attack.

McCabe is never sensationalist, and lets the facts speak for themselves. When he reaches the Trump era, he conveys his interactions with the administration clearly and gives fascinating insights into the extremely unusual behaviour of Trump appointees. The meetings with Jeff Sessions were particularly chilling.

If you’re trying to make sense of these crazy times, this is an excellent book. McCabe is also an excellent narrator, I would be very happy to hear him read other non fiction books.

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great read.

Not my usual kind of book bit something in the review attracted me. and I'm glad it did. It's not just the usual book of crime tales its extremely informative. feel like I actually know the guy now. will happily read again.

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Inspiring. I would recommend this book to all interested in democracy and those who think corruption always rules. It doesn’t.

Inspired compelling we are reminded service is what runs a country, not greed. A great reminder to give of our best and care for each other.

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Important to read for its sanity

Thankfully not all about trump as McCabe subtly creates his story about his time in FBI and what it should mean and stand for. I hope he sells millions of this book

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Shame on Donald Trump

Your honesty and dedication to truth and justice shone through clearly against the lies of Donald Trump - shame on him for what he did to you and your family .

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A view into the FBI and how they work, excellent

Mr McCabe tells it as it should be told. I believe him as should you.

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A true patriot

McCabe's integrity and dedication to truth, the rule of law and public service shine out. He is the dictionary definition of a patriot.

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brave and honest personal account

a brave and honest personal account of a man trying to lead an organisation with integrity while being pressed to give up that integrity and act in the interest of Donald J Trump and associates

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Cogent, very telling, quietly compelling...

Definitely the principled guy I want in the FBI - the story of his commitment to public service shone throughout. Sad for him that he was caught up in unprecedented circumstances for democracy in the USA but there is hope the Republic will survive the current onslaught with people like this holding the fabric of society together. I enjoyed the story and its telling and thoroughly recommend it.

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A Great Book.

Truth like light will over come lies and darkness. To say nothing is not an option. It's time to take a stand for truth and light.

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  • KathrynVB
  • 21-02-19

This should be read by every American

This is exactly what I expected. Concise, factual, comprehensive. I was especially happy to hear again about the FBI's evolution after 9/11 as a leader in worldwide intelligence gathering. Another fine book, The Threat Matrix, detailed then-Director Robert Mueller's insistence on legal interrogation techniques and our realization, after time, that it actually produced more useful intelligence than physical and psychological torture.

Because we live in the Trump era, you will either believe Andrew McCabe or you won't. I hope that you will. Our nation is under attack, and our president is part of the assault. Only the patriotic men and women in the FBI, and their governmental and civilian counterparts, can save us. Thank you, Mr. McCabe.

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  • Greb
  • 19-02-19

The FBI & DOJ

This well-written and performed book aside from the 2016 campaign is a great look into the inner workings of the FBI, and the relationship with DOJ in cases such as the Underwear Bomber, the Shoe Bomber, the Boston Marathon, and ISIS.

2016 is a subject that will never be agreed upon and therefore it’s not what made the good impression of the book on me. I do believe Mr. McCabe and Mr. Comey.

Regardless of party affiliation, the daily assaults on American institutions such as DOJ, and FBI that require the trust of American citizens is harming our country greatly and will take a long time to repair.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-19

Must read!

I was expecting the usual mediocre writing and less than professional narration but I was so wrong. Andrew McCabe is an excellent writer and narrator. I am so thankful to listen to an account of Donald Trump’s campaign and presidency that is apolitical. This account is compelling and chilling without hyperbole. McCabe is candid while presenting facts that are entirely consistent with media reporting and laid out succinctly in this truly believable account. I highly recommend his book to all persons looking for objectivity in this politically charged atmosphere.

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  • John
  • 20-02-19

great look into the fbi

McCabe obviously has a lot to say about Donald Trump, but this book goes deeper than that. McCabe was a key interrogator of the underwear bomber, was a key member of the Boston marathon bombing investigation, and several other incidents that have drifted to the background of our consciousness. this book is partly political but wholly a book about the fbi shop. he doesn't go into great detail about any one case, but does give a great overview of the work that thousands of Americans do every day for the good of the country. he is pointed with his criticisms of the trump administration, but the politics are all concerning his personal interactions, and accusations leveled against him by the president of the United states.

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  • Elisabeth Carey
  • 28-02-19

An important look at Trump & the FBI

Andrew McCabe, at the time he Acting Director of the FBI, was fired on March 16, 2018, 26 hours before his scheduled retirement. The claimed reason was "lack of candor" in the Clinton email investigation. Even discounting McCabe's own account, it would appear that McCabe's "lack of candor" mostly consists of not being willing to pledge personal loyalty to Trump and support his preferred story in the face of the evidence, while not immediately rushing to say so while continuing to do his job properly, i.e., in compliance with the law, the Constitution, and FBI and DOJ policy, so that he could be more efficiently sidelined and forced out.

This is McCabe's story, of his career, and of the roughly the first eighteen months of the Trump administration and its scandals and creeping horrors. It's not really a book to enjoy. The sheer cruelty of firing McCabe 26 hours before his retirement--hard to defend even if the "lack of candor" ethical violations were real, given that they weren't a basis for prosecution--is just another example of who Trump is. Serious investigation of terrorism and organized crime compete for resources with Trump's attempts to use the FBI as his personal defensive operation and tool against his perceived enemies. McCabe gives us a fascinating look inside the FBI. At the same time, sometimes I was cheering him on and other times wanting to give him a whack upside the head. For instance, his own experiences ought to tell him that law-abiding citizens really do have sensible reasons for not being sanguine about federal law enforcement scooping up all of everyone's communications metadata (which is not, in fact, the content of your phone calls and messages, as he points out) or built-in backdoors to your phone and computer security software. Yes, there are times the government really does have legitimate reason to access your communications, and yes, good security hampers that, and yes, sorry, Mr. McCabe, but you were yourself struggling under the entirely legal supervision of people who should absolutely never be rusted with that kind of access. There's a real conflict between the legitimate needs of law enforcement, and the legitimate rights and concerns of ordinary, law-abiding Americans.

And that's before we even take note of the unavoidable reality that a built-in backdoor would, not might, but would be hacked by nefarious operators even if law enforcement were 100% composed of saints. Which, unfortunately, it not only isn't, but can't be. Nothing humans create is perfect.

But the meat of this book is of course the Clinton and Trump investigations, and the steadily increasing horror of fworking for a President who has no interest in and no understanding of the Constitution. It's not a fun book, but it is interesting and valuable.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook.

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  • Sean O'Shea
  • 19-02-19

Truth will win out

What has been characterized as ‘McCabe’s lack of candor’ in dealing with Comey/Hillary email leaks, is put in context with the early scary era of the Trump Administration.
That context suggests that the events unfolding with the Administration were staggering, even to seasoned FBI professionals. It is staggering, now, for laymen (and women) to reconsider what McCabe and others were dealing with. Important read.

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  • Thomas Graham
  • 23-02-19

A need for an independent system of jurisprudence and criminal investigation

I have no idea if Dr McCabe lied, justifying his dismissal, only he does. The timing certainly is tainted by several Trump appointees, many of whom are being removed in ethics and criminal action.

Regardless of that, his book lays a compelling argument for ensuring that no chief executive, president, governor or jurist is above the law, and that means that they should be prosecuted in office and removed as any other citizen would be. If there is compelling evidence to investigate, indict and imprison and they are found guilty by an independent jury of their peers, they too should be remanded to jail. That does not include the senate or congress any longer. In the 70s, when Nixon was under impending impeachment,it was honest Republicans who stepped forward to force his resignation. Clinton was impeached and perhaps should have been removed for lying about sex, though the idea that is equivalent to high crimes and misdemeanors is dubious at best. In my experience, anyone who surrounds himself with as many criminals as Mr Trump has done, is not guiltless. They are complicit and under RICO act Statutes,equally guilty. We would not tolerate this in our governors, courts or legislators, they would be tried and if guilty removed and jailed. Why do we accept less from our national executive?

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  • tyedye
  • 21-02-19

He did the right thing

I found McCabe's book to be very engrossing. I loved reading how he began his career in the FBI and his personal story of the Boston bombing. I believe he is a hero for making sure the Russian investigation didn't disappear. He was treated badly by the Dumpster fire of the oval office by firing him the day before he was set to retire. I think this book and Comey's book, A Higher Authority, are required reading into the Russian investigation.

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  • Meyers Family
  • 23-02-19

A MUST read!

This book is EXCELLENT! An incredible peek inside the process and cooperation within the FBI, it manages to help restore faith in the process of our federal justice department. Thank God for the men and women of the justice department who continue to dutifully fulfill their commitments, aside from their political convictions. To hear about the extreme contrast in interest and knowledge between our current administration and the past several administrations is full stop, CONCERNING. McCabe redeems his reputation and narrates an incredibly credible and informative history of his experience of his time at the FBI. Fascinating insights into Comey, Mueller, Holder and especially, Sessions. A MUST read!

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  • Buddogg2
  • 23-02-19

Mr McCabe, you uniquely personify the Coast Guard’s core vales: honor, respect, devotion to duty

As a career senior Coast Guard officer (now retired) I was privileged to witness countless acts and demonstrations of quiet, unheralded, selfless service, valor and sacrifice by inspired and dedicated American patriots. I felt there were few equals to them. Mr. McCabe’s humility honor, perseverance, patriotism, dignity and selflessness in service to his country, his organization and to his fellow citizen was more than an equal to my fellow Coast Guardsmen and women. I sincerely thank and salute him for his selfless efforts, integrity and courage. BZ!!

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